Please follow the instructions below in assembling your portfolio:

  • Place the 11" x 17" projects and personal statement in one large envelope.
  • Place your 3D model in a cardboard box (for safety) and label the box with your first and last name. 

1) About Your Personal Statement on the application (1-2 pages)

  • All students who are interested in applying to Asawa SOTA are asked to provide a personal essay along with their other admissions materials. If you are interested in A+D, in addition to talking about yourself, your interests and experiences in the admissions essay, please include why you are interested in the Architecture + Design program at Asawa SOTA. We will be looking for your unique voice and want to hear what you would contribute to the program if accepted. This is also your opportunity to tell us about yourself, specifically your interest and/or experience in design. 
  • Express the kind of things you like to make and draw. 
  • Describe your way of thinking about any part of the assignment that you are submitting. 

 2) Construct a self portrait (11" x 17" paper) 

  • Take 4 different photographs of yourself showing diverse viewpoints. 
  • Cut the photographs into pieces. 
  • Recombine different pieces of all the photographs into an illustration of yourself (you do not need to use all your pieces, or make a complete image of yourself). 
  • Glue or tape them onto the 11" x 17" piece of paper. 

3) Draw a form in a grid (11" x17" paper) 

  • Using a sharp pencil and a ruler, draw a grid on your 11" x 17" piece of paper. Each line should be 2 inches apart. 

  • Using a black ink pen draw an abstract form on top of the grid, that occupies half of the page. Place this form where you think it looks best compositionally. It could be shaded in, or left as a line drawing. 

  • Using the same ink pen, and on the same sheet of paper, draw a second grid overlaid as you think it may be influenced by the form. (Consider how a pool of water creates patterns when rocks are thrown in it.) This second grid may have both curved and straight lines and the spacing may vary in dimension.

 4) Build a 3D model representing an aspect of your drawing  (the model should be between 6"and 8") 

  • Using cardboard or Bristol board make a 3D form that incorporates your favorite features in the drawing. This should include both pieces of your form and grid.